Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on September 15 asked electrical equipment manufacturers to ensure quality to face competition from China, Korea and other countries. The minister also sought support from Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEMMA) for “exposing those who use second-grade sheets, recycled copper or any of these products which damage the life, quality or accuracy of electrical equipment, and bring bad name to country.”
Goyal was in Vadodara to take stock of arrangements being made for holding of first ever Switch global expo on energy sector.
One of the largest electrical expos in the country, Switch is to be held from October 6 to 10. It represents one of the biggest networks of electrical manufacturers, innovators, technologies and partners in the industry.
The event is being organised by Power Ministry in collaboration with Gujarat government and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL).
Addressing reporters, he said, “I brought to notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the incidents of electrical transformers catching fire in various parts of country, which may be due to over loading”.
He said that PM opined that substandard quality of the equipment was responsible for the damage.
Goyal said Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Power Grid have come together to ensure that electrical equipment of poor quality are not produced.
“This message has gone to entire industry that this government will not at all tolerate any compromise on quality. Power Secretaries of states may note that because we fund a lot of these schemes that are happening in states, all of India is one. We want best quality in states as well,” he added.
He said as many as 24 countries have already confirmed their participation in Switch expo.
Power Ministry will hold a two-day conference of state Power, Coal and Mines ministers after Switch expo.
“The NDA government at Centre effectively increased transmission capacity to south India which has perennially faced shortage of power by 71 per cent in last two years,” Goyal said.
“In the next 18-24 months, we will expand it (transmission capacity) further. So effectively in three years of Modiji’s government we would see 400 per cent (four-fold expansion) in transmission capacity to south India,” he added.